Following on from the booked out Death Cafe last month, the next Limerick Bereavement Network event is in UHL and is called ‘Living with Loss’. Photo: Jennifer Stritch via Twitter
Limerick Bereavement Network is a collaborative network of organisations coming together to bring a series of events focusing on bereavement, loss, and grief
Limerick Bereavement Network (LBN) is a collaborative network of organisations coming together; the group aims to provide information and support in various forms to anyone living working or studying in the greater Limerick area who is affected by bereavement or loss.
The network members include Limerick Mental Health Association TUS – Loss and Grief research group, Milford Hospice, HUGG Network and University Hospital Limerick where our next event will be held in May 8 and is called Living with Loss.
“Through my personal Losses over the years I really wanted to identify and access bereavement support services locally,” said Tracey Corbett-Lynch about the LBN events.
LBN helps people coping with bereavement, a subject close to everyone’s heart, and is now engaged and is working with TUS – Loss and research group, UHL, HUGG, Milford Hospice and LMHA.
“I wanted to find events places where there was information, solidarity and signposting. A place to learn.,” she said, continuing, “I found lots of excellent services and wanted to contribute by volunteering my time to help establish a bereavement network in Limerick. For many it is a taboo subject yet we will all die and when we lose someone it can be a very isolating experience.”
“I want to contribute my time to help provide more access through supporting the LBN. We were very lucky and grateful to be supported by the Irish Hospice foundation to pilot a series of community-based events this year,” Tracey told I Love Limerick.
All events would be free and open to the public, and would take place at several different locations across the greater Limerick area. The group believes that collaborating on these events will allow the new bereavement network to:
Provide gentle, safe, and non-threatening opportunities for the public acknowledgement of grief and its effects.
Present ways for participants to increase their death and grief literacy levels, in order to better respond to their own needs and the needs of those who are grieving within their families, networks and communities.
Create a greater awareness of services and supports for grieving people in the greater Limerick area.
Establish a cohesive and supportive working relationship among the bereavement network members, which will enhance the collective ability to both support and advocate for the needs of the bereaved in the Limerick region.
Following on from the booked out Death Cafe last month, the next event is in UHL.